Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations

The Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations was a ministerial post in the Government of the United Kingdom from 1947 until 1966. The holder was responsible for assisting the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations in dealing with British relationships with members of the Commonwealth of Nations (its former colonies).

After 1966 the post was merged with the Minister of State for the Colonies and became the Minister of State for Commonwealth Affairs.

Office HoldersEdit

Arthur Henderson held the post for less than two months before the position was abolished. It was then recreated in 1959.


History of English and British government departments with responsibility for foreign affairs
and those with responsibility for the colonies, dominions and the Commonwealth
Northern Department
1660–1782
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Foreign Office
1782–1968
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1968–2020
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office since 2020
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Southern Department
1660–1768
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Colonial Office
1768–1782
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Home Office
1782–1794
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War Office
1794–1801
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War and Colonial Office
1801–1854
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Colonial Office
1854–1925
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Colonial Office
1925–1966
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Commonwealth Office
1966–1968
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Southern Department
1768–1782
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Dominions Office
1925–1947
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Commonwealth Relations Office
1947–1966
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Ministers
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. India Office
1858–1937
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India Office
and
Burma Office
1937–1947
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